Is your young athlete feeling sports pressure? Is he struggling to cope with the demands of competition?
First let’s say that not all pressure is bad. In fact, two types of stress have been identified:
Distress is a bad type of stress that arises when you must adapt to too many negative demands. Continuous struggling with too much stress can exhaust your energy and drive.
Eustress is the good type of stress that comes from the challenge of taking part in something you enjoy but have to work hard for. Eustress gets you pumped and gives you the adrenaline boost for competition.
Sports Pressure: Do you see the symptoms?
Researchers have found that adolescents’ participation in competitive sports is linked to competition anxiety. Adolescents are overworked and thus begin to see sports as too demanding when pressured by parents and coaches.
Another large stress factor for student athletes is the challenge of balancing school and sports. All these factors pile up on kids and sooner or later, if your child is feeling the pains of stress, you will see the side-effects.
If you recognize the symptoms–lack of desire, communication, and motivation–it may be time to step in and help your child deal with the stress he is feeling.
Yes, your child needs to learn to deal with some of this himself, but as with any challenge, your child will learn better as you guide, encourage, listen, and support him along the way. Try these 8 suggestions for helping him cope.
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